• USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George. Message from the chair.

  • USCIRF Senior Policy Analyst, Catherine Cosman, speaks at a Freedom House panel on the human rights crisis in Tajikistan, December 16, 2015.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Fr. Tom Reese with Sr. Denise Coghlan, Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia Director, and Katrine Camilleri, JRS Malta Director, accompanied by USCIRF Policy Analyst Tina Mufford, December 7, 2015

  • Sahar Chaudhry, Senior Policy Analyst, at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission briefing on Human Rights in Bangladesh with the Commission’s Co-Chair Representative Jim McGovern, Rafida Bonya Ahmed, writer and activist and widow of Avijit Roy, and other panelists. December 1, 2015

  • USCIRF Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett speaks with Yevgeniy Zhovtis, Board Chairman of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights And Rule of Law, after a USCIRF Capitol Hill briefing on human rights in Kazakhstan, November 20, 2015.

  • Dwight Bashir, USCIRF Acting Co-Director for Policy and Research, speaks at a Capitol Hill event titled "Bahrain's Stalled Path to Reform," November 16, 2015.

  • USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at a hearing tititled "Human Rights in Egypt." November 3, 2015. Watch the hearing here

  • Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett delivered the Distinguished Speaker Keynote at Rumi Forum 2015 Peace and Dialogue Awards Ceremony, October 27, 2015. 

  • USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George testified before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee at a hearing titled "The Global Crisis of Religious Freedom," October 27, 2015. Watch the hearing here

  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres (middle), joined USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George (right) and Vice Chair Eric P. Schwartz (left) for a conversation on "The Global Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis", October 27, 2015. Watch the event here.

Defending Freedoms Project

In December 2012, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, in conjunction with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and Amnesty International USA, launched the Defending Freedoms Project with the aim of supporting human rights and religious freedom throughout the world with a particular focus on prisoners of conscience.

Specifically, Members of Congress “adopt” prisoners of conscience, standing in solidarity with these brave men and women, while committing to advocate publicly for their release.

Click the interactive map below to view the status of prisoners of conscience highlighted in the Defending Freedoms Project

"A Global Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis"

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres joined USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George and Vice Chair Eric P. Schwartz at the National Press Club to discuss the unprecedented Syrian displacement and humanitarian crisis and how the U.S. government, international partners, and faith communities can respond.

Spotlight

A new study of textbooks used in Turkey's compulsory "Religious Culture and Moral Knowledge" class found both improvements and issues of concern. USCIRF sponsored this study, which was conducted by Ziya Meral, a Turkish expert and 2010 USCIRF Crapa Fellow

 

 

See more USCIRF spotlights here.

USCIRF Commemorates World Refugee Day

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June 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today commemorates World Refugee Day.  According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nearly 60 million people are refugees or internally displaced, the highest number the agency has ever recorded.  Many of these people are fleeing religious persecution and intolerance.

China: Ramadan Restrictions Violate Religious Freedom

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June 18, 2015

For Uighur Muslims in China’s autonomous region of Xinjiang, observing Ramadan – a month-long period of introspection, fasting, prayer, and devotion – is difficult, if not impossible.  The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly urges the Chinese government to end all restrictions on Uighur Muslims’ religious practices and activities, including limitations on Ramadan observance, and honor their right to genuine freedom of religion or belief. 

Dr. Robert P. George Elected As USCIRF Chairman

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June 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Robert P. George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, was elected on June 11, 2015 as Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).  Dr. George was first appointed to the Commission in March 2012 by Speaker of the House John Boehner and reappointed to a second term in 2014. 

Mosul: One Year Later

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June 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) solemnly marks the one year anniversary of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) takeover of Mosul, and the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed, displaced, or forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries. These former residents of Mosul are among the more than two million Iraqis who fled their homes due to ISIL’s offensive. 

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